The Real Reason There Can Be No Return For Sebastian Bassong

Sebastian Bassong is not playing at Tottenham much at all these days.

Seb Bassong – no return for Bassong
 So with Steven Taylor out for the season with his Achilles injury, we thought that a loan move for Bassong through the end of the season would be a decent move for Newcastle to make.

Seb played 30 times in the one season he was at Newcastle, after signing on from Metz  for  around £500K in the summer of 2008.

He was our Player of the Season in the relegation season, and played really well for the Magpies, but the Frenchman who plays for Cameroon, wanted away following relegation, and he was eventually sold to Tottenham for £8M.

And he could have done a lot better than James Perch and Danny Simpson did yesterday at Norwich, as the patch-work central defensive pair simply didn’t have the height to be Premier League class defenders against the likes of Grant Holt.

And Norwich took all 3 points with four goals from crosses into the box,  when Norwich City players had free headers that led to all four goals.

It simply wasn’ty good enough, as Alan  Pardew said after the match, although in defeat there were a number of Newcastle players, like Davide Santon and super striker Demba Ba who looked very good players for the club.

But apparently there’s just no way Newcastle will take Bassong back, as before his move to London he was fined two weeks wages for refusing to play in a pre-season friendly game, according to a People report today.

And he was one of the first players to come out and say he wouldn’t stay at Newcastle if they were relegated, and that was quite a few games before Newcastle finally were doomed at Aston Villa on Sunday, 24th May, 2009 with a 1-0 defeat.

A Newcastle source told the People:

“There are still plenty of players left with us from that season and they have long memories. Bassong will not be welcome here and won’t be coming back.”

Since being 3rd top of the Premier League four games ago,  with 25 points from 11 games and only 8 goals conceded,  Newcastle have only one point from their last four games and have conceded 11 goals in the process.

Newcastle will sign a center-back next month, and we have to hope it’s somebody like Erik Pieters of PSV or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpellier, who can both play anywhere along the back four and are over 6′ tall and good headers of the ball.

And the news is that it will be a permanent move rather than Newcastle bringing someone in on loan as a temporary replacement for Steven Taylor.

Certainly we need a fourth specialist center-back,  because without Steven Taylor, Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson the cupboard certainly looked bare yesterday.

And if Tamas Kadar is no better than Perch or Simpson in the middle of defense, then he must have no future at Newcastle,  because the 6′ 2″ Hungarian couldn’t even make the bench yesterday.

The good news has to be that Coloccini, Williamson and Tiote could all return for the home game against Swansea next Saturday, where three points is what we need.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Dec 11, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Sign Yanga-Mbiwa he is top draw.

  • prashanth

    Dec 11, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Have been following this blog for a year. This is my first post.
    We shouldn’t take bassong back as he has played few games and more importantly because he jumped ship.

  • Dyer8

    Dec 11, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Ryan Bennett (Peterborough)
    Caraig Cathcart (Blackpool)
    Bruno Ecuele Manga (Lorient)
    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier)

    Cheikh M’Bengue (Toulouse)
    Erik Pieters (PSV)
    Taye Taiwo (Milan)

    Nathaniel Clyne (C’Palace)
    Sebastien Corchia (Sochaux)

    Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
    Jake Livermore (Spurs)

    Modibo Maiga (Sochaux)
    Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)
    Papiss Cisse (Freiburg)
    Nolan Roux (Brest)

    David Hoilett (B’Burn)
    Giovani Dos Santos (Spurs)
    Wilfried Zaha (C’Palace)

  • Seba29072

    Dec 11, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #4


    You should be on the scouting team, all those picks are realistic/on the cards and all top prospects.

    I would say ppl still want to see Carroll replaced but have to realise Demba Ba is a class act. Spend any money else where imo because this boy has flair, skill and finese but more importantly can put the ball in the back of net in his sleep. Ameobi/Best/Ranger with our youth and HBA is enough firepower to see us through the season.

    CM and CB was always going to be a threat with our wafer thin cover and has been exposed in ridiculous fashion this past week. Pretty crazy of us to go into a campaign so thin! Anyone can play wing but you’ll always been shown up down the middle


    Dec 11, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Agreed 100%
    I’m not on this blog a lot but I’ve always said that getting someone like Maiga in would not add much value – we have enough fire power of that style and quality.
    We desperately need a LB and unfortunately Simmo and Ryler have to be dropped? Santon is a better player but he is fairly injury prone so Simmo would still get games over the course of the season.
    Sadly, I feel money spent on Obertan was a waste. Paris should think about playing HBA instead. Perhaps that means playing a different system.
    Would hate to see Tiote go. A

  • PlasticGeordie101

    Dec 11, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Dyer your list is chillingly realistic.

    Could this be a leak from inside???


    Dec 11, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #7

    My god Dyer8@ 2 :

    Have you ever thought of applying for a job as scout: Carr could probably do with the extra help.

    The only one i have my doubs over is Pieters, but hey, those doubts are well documented on here! And if it happens i would,nt bitch about it! For that matter any of the list above!

    Respect for bringing out such a list, if any of these moves ever happens,however, is extremely “Pie in the Sky”!

    After yesterday,s game it must be very clear where our problems are and how we can solve them!

    @4: Totally disagree with what you say about Obertan but then, you were more than likely at the game yesterday whereas i was,nt! And you have your own opinions about the lads to which the rest of us must repect!

    As for the next few weeks we have to try and pick ourselves up after the last few weeks and concentrate on what we all expected for at the start, and for me was that a top 10 finnish and maybe a decent run in the F.A cup! A return to mediocrety and no mre expectations of being a top four club or Champ League competition club please! We are very much still in a a work in Progress state and, not surprisingly have dropped from our heady hights to a more realistic position. The trick now is to stop the rot against the Swans next week! It must be very clear to Pardew now that he can,t play Perch and Simpson in the same defensive line. Thank God that it looks like some of the injured shall return next week!

    Swansea have more or less completed the transfer of John Goosens ( Missed this one Carr )! Ex Ajax youth player who moved from Amsterdam to FC Twente and has been at NEC Nijmegen since 2009! A winger and attacking midfielder with a sweet cross and a good free kick in him! Hav,nt a clue how much the Swans have coughed up for him but it won,t be much! At 23 the player would of been transfer free in the summer and has been snatched from under the noses of Rotterdam Feyenoord who were also interested in him!

    Blackburn did for us in the Carling and here,s hoping that the same does,nt happen in the other cup competition this year, coincidently we play them again in that cup competition!

    As for Bassong! A good player who we made money on after we went down but if the story above about him refusing to play and wanting to leave towards the end of the season is true i don,t know! But even with him yesterday in the back four, i think we would of still lost !

    Lets pick ourselves up and just get on with it! Ready and waiting for all the Transfer Bull that will no doubt be on its way in the next few weeks!

    Keep the Faith!

  • bro56

    Dec 11, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    excellent list dyer8. I’d be happy with any1 of those, hopefully 3 🙂

  • JBax97

    Dec 11, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Ba is a class act, the best outside the top 4. But I think another striker like Giroud would take us to the next level because then we’d have 2 class act strikers because we forget that Ba has scored half our goals. What happens if he gets injured or goes to the ACN?

  • Rusbjerg11

    Dec 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Good signings would be:

    Olivier Giroud
    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    Erik Pieters/Taye Taiwo

  • FootballPsycho

    Dec 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Dyer your list is pretty spot on and awesome to echo the feelings previously expressed by everyone else on this blog but I would make a few additions to your list:
    CF Luuk de Jong and Moussa Sow
    LB: Aly Cissokho and maybe even Ricardo Gardner
    MF: Daniel de Ridder

  • branunited

    Dec 11, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #12

    in my opinion we need at least signing to four players, because in this team present many injurie.
    i’d like that signing to ryan babel, are saying?
    this would my signings:

    DC: vedran corluka / gary cahill
    LB: erik pieters
    DM: clement chantome / mark noble (if tiote is sold)
    CF: oliver giroud
    WG: ryan babel / miralem sulejmani

  • Sav

    Dec 11, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #13

    You reckon Mashley would be fussed about Bassong refusing to play in a friendly as long as he came cheap? I’d guess his current wage packet is the biggest and only serious obstacle to a red carpet from the SD Arena. As a player who made Mashley 7.5 mil profitr, he’s bound to have Bass’ photo on his bedside locker.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    As I said just after we bought him, Obertan decent squad player but shouldnt start.
    1 SAF never sells a good player in the premiership
    2 He is lazy
    3 He has pace to burn but no final product
    4 Fast feet do NOT make a good player.

    The majoprity of this i heard from three Manure season ticket holders.

    Sadly I feel I am being proved more than right!


    Dec 13, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #15


  • SteJay

    Dec 13, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    leave him rot at spurs


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